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LAFC Loses Close Road Match To Atlanta

Black & Gold Stay On The Road Visiting Vancouver Next

(East Los Angeles, CA) August 18, 2021 [From The Editor’s Desk]: The Black & Gold entered the Atlanta United FC’s pitch, much to the surprise of seeing the sold out and highly enthusiastic Mercedes-Benz Stadium crowd intimidate them with their roaring presence. Maybe yes? But maybe no? It all remained to be seen during this nationally televised match on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. For those loyal LAFC fans who made travel plans to attend the game, or perhaps if you are a Black & Gold fan who now lives in Atlanta, then we encourage you all to view our Photo Gallery.

(Match Summary): The first half could have ended in a (1-0) lead for LAFC but, #5 Mamadou Fall, aka Mbacke, was called for an “off-sides” after making a great “header” goal just to the inside right of the post. It happened when he took a perfectly timed “free kick” and “textbook” crosser from Atuesta. No more to be said after the Referee, Chris Pensor, returned with the VAR’s decision that caught the infraction, and thus negated the score. The play occurred at the 39:00 minute mark of the period.

 (Photo Gallery Credits): LAFC

At the 46:00 minute mark of the second period, it was Atlanta’s veteran, and always dangerous mid-fielder, Josef Martínez, who finally made his much-awaited Mercedes-Benz Stadium scoring presence known to all, including his opponents and his fans, when he skillfully took square aim at the netting just behind LAFC’s young goalkeeper, Tomás Romero, and sent it for a jet-ride into the net for the first and only score of the match.

The Black & Gold, were basically held in check for the rest of the match, even though they were credited with decent stats for leading (16-9) in total shots, but  lagging behind at (6-3) in shots on goal. Other areas where the LAFC led were in corners (5-2), crossers (10-8), saves (5-3), and blocked shots (3-2). The biggest discrepancy lay in Atlanta’s time of possession percentage, where it lead by (58.9) to (41.1).

A significant question thus arises…Wherein lies the direct cause of the current “bad luck” or “no-wins” in their last 6 matches? The Black & Gold must take a stronger team initiative in focusing their game on the defensive end, so that on the offensive side, they can now start putting the ball into the netting for goals scored and matches won. Simply put…forget about all of the expert soccer analysis that is being talked about right now. The Club needs to get back to the basics if they want to reach the upcoming playoffs with some type of contagious momentum. Their fans, and our City of the Angels, expect nothing less than their best efforts. There is still plenty of time to turn things around.

(Final Score): Atlanta United FC  1  LAFC  0 | (Attendance): 67,503

To view the highlights of the match, please click here.

(Next Match): Saturday, August 21st at Vancouver Whitecaps FC | Kick-off @ 7:00pm PT | Watch On: My13 KCOP, Estrella TV; Listen On Radio: 1110 AM ESPN, ESPN App, KTMZ 1220 AM. This was the third straight loss for LAFC, as it falls to {6-5-7} (W-D-L) for (23) points on the season.

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